Yes I do love the Ikea Bekvam range, you might remember my Ikea Bekvam Kitchen Trolley Hack from a while back. This time I have found two new uses for the Ikea Bekvam Spice Rack. Here is a photo of the spice rack in its raw form… The spice rack is made from birch and is ready to be painted in any colour that you like!
At just $3.99 this spice rack is an absolute bargain and when I can find new and exciting uses for any reasonable item I get excited! Incidentally I don’t actually use it as a spice rack in my home.
My first use for it is as a bedside bookshelf in each of my big girls’ rooms. Our girls love to read and love us to read to them. At night we can go through a few books before saying goodnight and inevitably they never got put back on the bookshelf and always ended up on the floor. This used to annoy me as their rooms never seemed tidy – although there are also other reasons why their rooms remain untidy but every little bit helps.
Instead I bought two Ikea Bekvam spice racks. As mentioned the racks come in birch and they don’t need any preparation before painting. I gave them two coats of white wood paint and let them dry. They were mounted to the wall as they were designed to be (if they were a spice rack). I put them beside their beds so when we are finished reading their books we can store them on the rack, instead of the floor! Where else would you get a mini book shelf for under $4?
The second use I have for them is in the playroom. I put two together to create a hanging rail for the dress-up outfits. I used to have a toy box that the dress-ups were stored in but the problem was the girls couldn’t find anything and all sorts of toys got thrown in on top of them. In my opinion dress-ups are a fantastic toy. They allow children to use their imagination and transport them to a different world where they can be whatever they like – from a tiger to a clown or a princess. Our girls love dressing up and to allow them easy access to their dress-ups was very important. We always feel if the toys aren’t easily accessible then they get ignored.
The creation of the dress-up hanging rack means they can see what is there and can easily pick and choose what they would like to be. Now I’m not saying this is the complete solution to the mess and that the dress-ups are never on the floor – that is far from true, my girls need some serious encouragement to tidy up but it definitely helps and is teaching them how to use hangers too.
When creating the book shelves I also made the hanging rail for the playroom. I simply painted them with two coats of white paint and allowed them to dry. The problem with the hanging rail was that they needed to face a different direction than their original purpose to allow the hangers to sit on the rail. It was impossible to drill through them to the wall so instead Dave opted to use No More Nails. There may have been a better solution but at the time that was what we chose. Who knows what will happen when they eventually need to be removed but we’ll deal with that when that day comes!! For less than $8.00 plus a few coats of paint, we were delighted with the result!